Today's Wildlife Problems
People value wildlife for a wide range of reasons. Protection, enhancement, consumption, preservation and aesthetics all have their proponents. Regardless of one's primary philosophy, there tends to be general agreement that management of damage is necessary when too many of a particular species create negative economic impacts or health and safety concerns. Several years ago, scientists at Cornell University, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture & Markets initiated a cooperative program aimed at developing a comprehensive understanding of wildlife damage problems and management options in New York State. Past efforts have addressed a variety of problems caused by rodents, birds, squirrels, Canada geese, beaver, and white-tailed deer. Funding and collaboration among the participating agencies allows expanded efforts, principally in deer management, but also targeting other damage problems.
Wildlife Control Information
Cornell University Wildlife Publications
Wildlife Damage Management Fact Sheets
Best Practices for Nuisance Wildlife Control This site contains the electronic version of a training manual created by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell University. Best Practices for Nuisance Wildlife Control
Wildlife Damage Management Fact Sheet Series
White-Tailed Deer sritten by Paul D. Curtis and Kristi L. Sullivan.
Resistance of Woody Ornamental Plants to Deer Damage written by M.J. Fargione, P.D. Curtis, M.E. Richmond, Wildlife Damage Management Program, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.
Reducing Deer-Vehicle Crashes written by Paul D. Curtis, James H. Hedlund-Highway Safety North, Ithaca. Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.
Reducing Deer Damage to Home Gardens and Landscaping Plantings written by Paul D. Curtis, IPM Wildlife Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Milo E. Richmond, NY Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, National Biological Survey.
Dr. Bridgen's List of Plants that Deer Do Not Like to Eat Compiled by Mark Bridgen, Director of Cornell's Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center, Riverhead, NY.
Managing White-tailed Deer in Suburban Environments: A Technical Guide Publication of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Wildlife Society-Wildlife Damage Management Working Group, Northeast Wildlife Damage Research and Outreach Cooperative. Anthony J. DeNicola, Kurt C. VerCauteren, Paul D. Curtis, Scott E. Hygnstrom.
Community-Based Deer Management (A Practitioners' Guide) Daniel J. Decker, Daniela B. Raik, William F. Siemer, Wildlife Damage Management Program.